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. mario monti says german chancellor angela merkel doesn't want italy's center left party to win the elections this weekend. the outgoing prime minister said merkel feared a consolidation of parties from the left, especially in an election year for her. the german leader has so far refrained from commenting on the election. what does all of this mean? julia joins us now from milan. julia, i have to confess, i don't really understand what monti's point is here. >> well, you know, we have to give it a bit of context, kelly. this was in response to something berlusconi said about the possibility that mario monti had already signed an agreement with the democratic left party, the democracy party mr. bersani with the agreement with angela merkel. i don't think mario monti has hidden the fact that he's concerned about the influence, particularly the power of the union on the democratic party. if we look on the german side, the foreign minister said what they want ultimately is a party that's going to continue with the reforms, that's going to continue with the fiscal consolidation. i'm
today with angela merkel. this is one election reverb rating and causing problems for policymakers. >>> more broadly, take a look at the italian markets. it is the red spot. down 0.4%. this has been key to trade both with the euro and generally with u.s. features futures this morning. so down about 0.4%. it was down about 0.6%. at those levels, you started to see u.s. futures turn negative. it looks like we're going to be able to hold up here. german unemployment data only that and can cpi data, the main releases this morning. german unemployment adjusted at 6.9% held steady in january. the cpi fell on the month but was up 2% year on year. it's spurring talks about a rate cut. quick look at the bond space next, this is where where he watch for policy cues. we're seeing a rally. we're seeing yields slightly lower. no real signs of concern emanating from here this morning. turn quickly to forex and the euro/dollar which was trying to continue to hold its ree bound, that's not the euro/dollar. we are at 1.5186 for sterling/dollar. sorry. we're over here at 1.3109. giving up about 0.2%
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